Lake Buena Vista (Florida, USA), Aug 1 (EFE) .- Forward TJ Warren scored 53 points, his best record as a professional, and the Indiana Pacers beat the Philadelphia Sixers 127-121 in the game. debut of both teams in the restart of the NB regular season.
The franchise guard, Victor Oladipo, who before the competition resumed said that he would be low in order to better complete the recovery of his knees, in the end he changed his mind and went out to play with the Pacers to whom he contributed 15 points.
A sixth-year player acquired from the Phoenix Suns in an offseason trade, Warren scored 20 of 29 field goals and 9 of 12 from outside the perimeter, in his first professional game with at least 50 points.
from the field and 9 of 12 from a 3-point range in his first game with at least 50 points.
All of the offensive stats Warren collected during the game made them the best of his professional career.
“I just wanted to be aggressive, do what I do best,” Warren said. “My teammates did a great job finding me, and just being aggressive, focused and committed was really key that opened the doors for us to victory.”
The Pacers (40-26) took control of fifth place in the Eastern Conference by breaking a tie with the 76ers and winning the series of the season.
Both teams are already qualified for the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Cameroonian center Joel Embiid stood out with a double-double of 41 points and 21 rebounds as the leader of the Sixers, who could not hold it after converting a deficit of 10 points at the end of the first half into a 10-point lead at the beginning of the last room.
Before the hiatus due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Sixers had lost 10 of their last 11 games outside their field.
Forward Tobias Harris scored 30 points as the Sixers’ second leading scorer, while Australian point guard Ben Simmons finished with a double-double of 19 points, 13 rebounds and four assists.
But the Sixers’ leading trio was not enough to beat Warren, who equaled a franchise record with 19 points in the first quarter.
Dominican center Al Horford, who came out in reserve with the Sixers, played 23 minutes and contributed 10 points after scoring 4 of 9 field goals, including a triple he tried, and was 1-1 from the personal line.
Horford captured six rebounds – four defensive ones – gave two assists, put a stopper and committed three personal fouls.
Brazilian point guard Raúl Neto, who also left the Sixers’ bench played 21 minutes, scoring two points (1-3, 0-1, 0-0), catching two rebounds (defensively), distributing three assists, recovering a ball and committed two personal fouls.
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